"Dana White, if you think my attitude was not positive inside the Octagon, I ask you with an open-hearted man, that you forgive me, I'm sorry, okay? Because this was not my intention.
"But I respect the decision of the UFC and Dana White. So what you decide, for me, is decide it
MMA Quick Quote: Jon Fitch would 'turn down' fight with Rousimar Palhares
"It was a second offense," said Fitch. "Holding onto a submission too long, especially with a joint lock like that. You're talking about ending someone's career potentially. I think it was the right move (to release him). I personally wouldn't accept a fight with [Palhares] because of those. One time maybe, but not twice. I would never even compete against him honestly. If he's got that long of a history of holding onto them too long, his career should probably be done because no one should take a fight with him or a grappling match with him for that matter. It would be the first time in my career that I turned down a fight."
Alex Davis: Rousimar Palhares, from transgressor to victim of public opinion
lolNext thing that will happen, is that Rousimar – through a simple, crazy media frenzy – will become such a monster that parents will tell their kids at home, "Behave, or Rousimar Palhares will come and get you."
Last edited by infidelkastro; 10-12-2013 at 08:45 PM.
The comparing this to a knockout with shots landed afterward is ridiculous. It makes me think of Matt Brown vs Drago. At one point Brown looks at the ref like "dude, what the fuck are you doing? Just stop the fight." And continues to hit him until the ref stops the fight. That's what they're trained to do.
Holding on to a sub after someone taps or the ref tries to pull them off is totally different. And doing it multiple times is completely inexcusable.
"He's got big balls. I like that." -Josh Koschek on Frank Trigg's balls.
In my opinion, the line between MMA as a gentleman's sport, and a combat sport has been blurred to some extent. In a perfect world, when one fighter tapped, the other fighter would immediately be aware of it, and release the sub without any ref intervention; and the tapping fighter would acknowledge that he or she tapped.
But that unwritten agreement doesn't exist, and it's impossible to definitively categorize what situations warrant one fighter withdrawing or ceasing their attack, based on another fighter's predicament; it's also unfair to place that kind of decision making on the fighter, that's not their job. That's the referee's job.
Given what I think is a grey area in the sport, I don't think Palhares should have immediately been banned. I think the professional thing to have done (Given Palhares past) would have been a sitdown, a review of the incident, and a discussion of expectations moving forward; while making it known he was on thin ice and was going to have no leeway in the future. But, perhaps that sitdown and discussion already happened, maybe that's why he's gone; I have no way of knowing.
Bottom line, Palhares was punished for doing his job without abiding an unwritten code of ethics; because he didn't hold onto that sub for any length of time after the ref jumped in.
He was tried and convicted in a court of public opinion.
Last edited by Leucoethiops; 10-13-2013 at 05:40 AM.
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